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Barbara Green

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New York, NY USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Not quite finished, but I hate for it to end"
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    Where does The House at Tyneford rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high and I have never written a review before. I felt though, after reading some of the reviews regarding the narrator, that I had to say my piece!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House at Tyneford?

    I listen to many audible books and have listened and enjoyed for years. I listen while in the car and sometimes hate to reach my destination. I generally find that I have to listen to the beginning of a story more than once - as my mind is on my driving, it sometimes requires an extra listen to establish who is who and what is what. I found the very beginning a touch difficult for that reason. I did not listen again to the very beginning but found myself able to get into the story quickly and familiarize myself with the characters easily. I was immediately brought into the story. I am now at the end - not quite finished - but sadly, I really do not want it to end. I am so touched by this story. I read so many books from this time period - perhaps being Jewish, the subject is exceptionally near to my heart. For me, this was a very different take on it - so many things to realize about this time in history - things I have never thought about before. I wouldn't want to tell the story - it's better for you to just read and enjoy and savor yourself.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    Now this is the reason that I am indeed writing my first review. When I read the reviews I discovered many listeners who were very unhappy with the performance. I listen to so many audible books - while I am always listening to a story myself, my husband and I are always sharing a story together - we are in the car a lot :)
    I love Justine Eyre's performance - it is fantastic - I am totally involved with the characters because of her - her accents are wonderful - the feelings that she portrays with her words - I love it. She is another reason why I will be so unhappy to finish this story. I will search for other books that she has narrated. I have come to look forward to hearing her voice alone as much as the story.
    I am so dismayed to read the negative things that people have said.
    My son in law is a writer and of course I love his books. I understand how important the narrator is and I was disappointed with the narration of one of his books (my lips are sealed - I will never tell). The interesting thing though was that so many people LOVED the narration of his book. So I guess it is a very personal thing.
    For me, the narration of this book added to the story - I loved it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Sara says: "Tenement Life From a Child's Point of View"
    "Made me smile"
    Overall

    This brought back many memories of days gone by. I enjoyed it. I found myself looking forward to getting in my car so that I could get back to this very close and loving family. Many of her memories are my memories too and many things put a smile on my face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    Andrew Stone says: "DeMille writes another excellent book!"
    "Disappointing........"
    Overall

    Having read or listened to all of Nelson DeMille's books I was anxious to start this one. No action, no suspense - very disappointing. My husband and I have been trudging through this hoping that the excitement would begin - well, we are now just about at the end and nothing has happened. Sorry - I really cannot recommend this story. We will finish it - I can't say that I haven't gotten involved with the characters and I certainly got many smiles from the conversation - but I just can't suggest that anyone grab this one up!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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